I am making a new album! It’s the biggest project I have ever attempted, and I need your help to make this dream come true. I have written the songs, gotten legendary musicians signed up to record with me, and secured an historic studio in Los Angeles where we will put together what will be my best music ever. What I need now is your support of this project through Kickstarter.
Not since my first album, wow, 20 years ago, have I been this excited about my music! And never have I been this inspired to write songs. I wake up in the middle of the night, the crack of dawn and even run from the dinner table when music comes to me, and boy oh boy, it’s been flowing like a river for the last six months! I have enough material for three records! These songs were heavily influenced by the vinyl I have been spinning over the last year.
To get started, I went out and found the albums that started that fire in my soul back when I was a kid. Reconnecting with this music has been nothing short of a religious experience for me. I am writing from a much more personal place than ever before, not to mention we recently welcomed Jack, my new son, to go along with my three beautiful daughters, which has stirred all kinds of emotions (yes, he gets his own song on this album). I cannot wait to share this music with you guys, and I want you to be part of the process.
The “Dream” STUDIO
I have secured Boulevard Recording in Los Angeles to record this album. Pink Floyd cut “The Wall” there, and John Lennon, Ray Charles, Steely Dan and Fleetwood Mac all graced the space. Enough said…
The “Dream” BAND
While chasing the sound on those magical recordings, I was able to track down the artists who helped make these albums classics, and fortunately these guys have agreed to back me in the studio. These are the actual players on the iconic albums that have been inspiring my music:
Russ Kunkel on drums
Leland Sklar on bass
Waddy Wachtel on guitar
Jeff Pevar on guitar
I couldn’t feel more honored that these legends agreed to rock with me for this project. They have backed some of the best songwriters of all time–you may recognize them from their performances with–I’m dropping some big names so you can understand my enthusiasm: James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills & Nash, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Marc Cohn, Stevie Nicks, Carol King, Linda Rondstadt, Neil Young, Jimmy Buffett, Neil Diamond, Joe Walsh, The Bee Gee’s, B.B King, Elton John, Lyle Lovett, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger, Warren Zevon, Bill Withers, Steve Winwood, Barbara Streisand, Toto, Don Henley, The Rolling Stones & more. If you don’t know their faces, you WILL recognize their sounds.
Of course, joining these fine artists will be some of the amazingly talented musicians that you have heard on my previous nine albums, as well as some very special guest vocalists and musicians I am co-producing this record along with my touring comrades and fellow rockers, Chip Johnson from Alternate Routes and Kit Karleson, formerly of Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers.
In addition to a new Pat McGee album, for the first time ever, I’ll be recording my original holiday songs (to be released in winter 2014), as well as a new track with all the founding members of Pat McGee Band!
Your Role in Getting this Project Done
I have started a Kickstarter campaign to help this dream come true. Kickstarter allows fans to remove the middle man and get the music from the artist straight to the fans. The people who love and enjoy the music, rather than a record company, fund the project. For that support, you will receive various rewards. I only have until Monday, May 12 to reach my goal in this one-month campaign. To learn more and become a part of this project, please visit:
Please check out all the cool stuff we are offering on Kickstarter so you can find some unique ways to be a key part of this process. This campaign only lasts one month, and if it’s a success, I’m off to Hollywood to make this album! I hope you will join us to get this project funded–donations large and small are needed. I can’t wait to head off to Boulevard Recording with these legendary artists to bring life to my new songs and get them in your hands.
There is so much that goes into why an artist breaks wide open, and I am shooting for the stars on this one. Please be a part of it.
Please pass this along to your music-loving friends who might not be on my mailing list. Thanks for your strong support of my records and shows over the years, and in advance for helping get this project off the ground. You guys rock!
CHECK OUT MY KICKSTARTER VIDEO & learn all you need to know about how you can support this project!